February Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Following is the Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) list of community service opportunities representing the many requests we get from the surrounding community for assistance/partnerships.

Does your class, team or department provide community service? Please send the name, phone number and e-mail address of a contact person so that your activity can be included in the University's Community Service Directory.

Please contact me via e-mail (sammapp@ pobox.upenn.edu) to volunteer for any of the programs.

Thank you for your continued support and thanks to all who participated in Penn's Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

--Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services; Director, Penn VIPS, Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)

Join Cyber Outreach! Help teach a basic computer class to West Philadelphia adults. Classes begin February 6 and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks. Staff the class and answer students' questions. Only extremely basic computer skills are needed. Classes are held at UCHS.

Prepare a High School Student for the World of Work Join the School-to-Career Program, coordinated by CCP and Division of Human Resources. Hire high school students to do general office work and expose them to their areas of interest. We have students interested in medicine, law, computers, business and more. Students can earn academic credits in lieu of pay for their first year of internship. Some students available to work during the school day and others are available from 3-5 p.m.

Computers Needed! Is your department upgrading its computers? CCP and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, churches, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your computers to this cause.

Do you know how to set up computer labs? Are you skilled at refurbishing computers? Volunteer to set up computer labs in churches, schools and nonprofit agencies in our surrounding community. Hours are flexible. Please contact Brad Kirkegard at (215) 573-6412/ bkirkega@ccat.sas.upenn.edu or Isabel Mapp for information and/or to volunteer for this program.

Please Touch Museum is looking for volunteers to staff their Jr. Jazz Concert, February 17, 18 & 19. Volunteers are asked to work 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Seat guests, work as a floater, staff the desk or help with storytime. Orientation provided.

Join the Penn VIPS Scholarship Committee! Help plan the 10th Annual Penn VIPS Scholarship Program where we select and honor outstanding students from Bartram, Parkway, Overbrook, University City and West High Schools.

Become a Dropsite Volunteer! During March, August, November and December, various drives are conducted by Penn VIPS. As a result, we have been able to provide food, toys, clothing and school supplies to deserving members of our community. Please join us by becoming a drop off site for the four major drives held each year.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 21, February 6, 2001

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